Colds and Flu

You sneeze, you wheeze and you are not at ease. Sometimes your nose feels stuffy and tight and then it runs like a faucet. You cough and cough and your throat is sore. To sum it up you are thoroughly miserable and are not sure why. Are you being clobbered by a cold or flummoxed by the flu?

Both of those health bugs can cause many of your afflictions. Viruses cause the flu and colds. Both are respiratory infections. The simplest way to tell the difference is by looking at your symptoms. While the adverse effects inflicted on your body by both a cold and influenza are similar there are important differences. 

Nausea and vomiting, severe fatigue that may last up to two weeks, stuffy and runny nose, and headache are common flu symptoms. Signs of the flu also can include severe muscle or body aches, shaking chills, sore throat, moderate to high fever and a dry,hacking cough. Flu symptoms usually last 1 to 2 weeks, they come on quickly and can be severe. 

Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild tiredness, headache or body aches and cough are classic indicators of the common cold. If you have a cold, you will probably have symptoms like these. The common cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. More than 100 different viruses can cause the common cold.

Colds as a rule do not tend to lead to further complications. Colds tend to produce runny nose, congestion, and sore throat. However, influenza is more pronounced in that it infects the lungs, the joints and causes pneumonia, respiratory failure and even death. It tends to infect the intestinal tract more in kids, with diarrhea and vomiting. Both influenza and colds should be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible to lessen severity on the patient and reduce the possibility of spreading the sickness to others.